Financial Fair Play – Still Crazy After All These Years

King Hippo

I have spoken/ranted on this topic before – FFP makes NCAA enforcement seem equitable and reasonable.  The people who “watchdog” over things are basically the same type of shitmonkey who took all those bribes to put a World Cup in the middle of a fucking desert.  With slave labour just DYING to make those stadia happen.

It’s topical again, because Man City are looking at (barring a successful appeal) a 2-year European ban.  Which is basically a “we are going to blow y’all up because we don’t like gate-crashers at our old money party.”  The hoots and hollers are coming from Liverpool supporters (all over Norway!), imagining back-to-back-to-back free rides to the Premiership title.

I am pissed off, despite the bone this throws Everton’s way.  The Toffees – 2nd best side in the League since Marco Silva’s sacking – would now be able to qualify for Shempions League (h/t DonT) by finishing this season in 5th.  Europa qualification might reach all the way down to 8th position.  My Blues could surely use the revenue and exposure.  But NOT at the expense of Lesser Footy cinching the noose even tighter around their closed shop.

You get two Sabado fixtures, both shite.  Burnley head to St. Mary’s in a battle of bottom feeders (7:30, NBCSN), while the assdick Kopites try to dodge a Norwich City banana skin (12:30, NBC).  I have given up any hope for a loss, until the Shite head to Goodison this Spring.  We can’t stop them winning the Prem, but we CAN keep them from matching Arsenal’s “Invincibles.”

Seriously, those Gooners were pretty damned special.

Lots of Championship action at 10:00, including Litre’s Mighty Whities home to Barnsley.  I reckoned it would be the streaming option (ESPN+), but that’s Luton Town at Boro.  Bummer.

What am I gonna watch?  Comintern FC (Union Berlin) hosting the aspirins (9:30, FS…Deportes only??)  YOU ASSHOLES.  Oh wait, my cable gets that channel now.  HUZZAH!!  I enjoy watching Lesser Footy en espanol.  Es bueno.  Germany’s Bundesliga has a bukkake of competitors for the crown this season.  Very enjoyable, plus you can laugh at how Jurgen Klinsmann imploded with Berlin’s capitalist pig-dog side (Hertha, who could even slip into relegation danger).

No great Eye-Tie action until 2:30, when Roma take on Atalanta (ESPN+), but it’s fun to gamble on anyway.  Poor SPAL.  🙁

Sunday is a bit better, with NBCSN double-dipping into Spurs/Villa (9:00) and those now-quite-vincible Gooners taking on the Barcodes (11:30).  Can we dub this the “Classic British Dentistry” Derby?  And don’t sleep on Newcastle still maybe going down.  ALL of the 11th-20th ranked squadrons in the Table are realistic relegation candidates.  Arsenal are in 10th only by goal differential…but one presumes they are safe.

Fun bit of trivia – 13 of the 20 Premiership clubs have been outside the top division in the past decade (including one side – Leicester – with a championship trophy in that same time period).  Yep, that’s the modern-traditional “Big Six” (aka, the “Sky Five” plus Man City)…and plucky Everton.

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Reclusive, vulgar Broncos fan. Also a proud fookin' Evertonian. Likely dropped on my head repeatedly as a small child. [Insert George Carlin quote followed by thoughtful nod.]
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JustStopDude
JustStopDude

Damn the XFL is fun….

JustStopDude
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[booop!]

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

No worries; he had his PPE on.

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Artist conception of Mr. Hippo having a snack at home.

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

DRAGONS!

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Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

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Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

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Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Who among us?

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JustStopDude
JustStopDude

Tampa!

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

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Horatio Cornblower

Pictured: My anus after that “Wild Elephant Deterrent” hot sauce earlier.

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

The only thing to make the XFL better is if the team that wins the XFL bowl or whatever had to play the worst NFL team, and if the XFL team wins, they flip leagues….

Gumbygirl
Gumbygirl

Relegation! Hell yeah! Buh-bye Cleveland and Cincinnati!

Horatio Cornblower

Oh fuck, that is genius.

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

This is legit the most fun feeder league.

Like the NBA D league has great talent, but it’s a bitch to try and follow. Triple AAA and lower….you have to show up to watch the games….

It’s never going to replace the college football, but dear God is this needed. Think about it….most of these high draft kids, there is a limited amount of tape on them. It’s the whole reason why there are so many duds in the draft.

And the fucking replay is light years better. Seeing and hearing the real time review is so much better than the announcing team ask an official “expert” to play “guess the call”.

litre_cola

SexyMexi futbol. Come on Puebla.

/dey gunna lose

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JustStopDude
JustStopDude

Once I’m out of quarantine….I think I am riding the train up to DC to see an XFL game.

The shit looks fun.

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scotchnaut

Nena of Das Balloons finally ties the knot.

litre_cola

The engineer that developed that bra deserves an award.

Gumbygirl
Gumbygirl

Whoa, that girl’s ass is on backward!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Now THAT would be marriage material….. no farting.

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

I’m calling it right now….the next Patriots cheating scandal, they will claim they were following XFL side line coverage rules by mistake…

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

The XFL “Salute to Interceptions”

Brought to you by Mike Bloomberg for President.

Redshirt

OH WILL YOU SHUT AND GO AWAY BLOOMBERG?!?!?! NO ONE’S GONNA VOTE FOR YOU!!!

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

I’m not going to lie…I love the commercials.

Every single one of those ineffective ads represents him burning an obscene amount of money.

Yes he won’t go poor, but it’s more expensive than if he had a coke habit and a shit ton less fun…

Redshirt

Yes, but I gotta to hear it in every commercial break. I’m already in Ohio, so I’m going to be destroyed by Trump and TBD later this year, especially if I vote in the Democratic Primary.

I just want some peace and quiet before it begins and not be bothered by some guy polling…14.2%?! How is Democrat Trump polling double digits?!

ballsofsteelandfury

“Democrat” Trump.

I’m calling it now. Bloomberg will be our next president because we touch ourselves.

Redshirt

Don’t read anything into the fact that your side is being played by a evil, Soviet general, but this is Anti-Trump Republicans to Democrats.

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

In that case he’ll win in a landslide.

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Rigged for storm!

ballsofsteelandfury

That’s a pretty great swimsuit. Balls Swimsuit, if you will.

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